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Elaborate

      Dr. Otto

Has a teacher ever written on your essay or report: Please elaborate! Did you know what the teacher was asking you to do? Many students have complained to me that they were not sure what the teacher wanted! In this tutorial, I will explain what you might do. 

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Sample – scroll down to Sample
Assignment – scroll down to Assignment
Answer Key – scroll down to Answer Key
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Notes

Elaborating strategies help writers think through the process of organizing and developing ideas.

Description is used to make the main idea clear and memorable in order to inform and persuade an audience. The following features help to create a descriptive text:

Organize text

Use key words

–          Follow a logical order –          Appeal to the senses
–          Describe the arrangement in space –          Choose specific words
–          Focus on most notable features –          Refer to things familiar to the readers
–          Focus on the importance of event and people –          Personalize events and people

 

Comparison is used to reach a conclusion based on similarities and differences. It may also be used to convince readers of the superiority of one object over another. The opposing pattern is often used to emphasize over-all differences while the alternating pattern is used to emphasize differences among sub-points.

Comparison

Opposing Pattern

Alternating Pattern

A
shape
size
color

B
shape
size
color

A – shape B – shape
A – size B – size
A – color B – color

Conclusion

Conclusion

 

Analysis is used to identify the parts that make up a whole. This Strategy identifies several ways of analyzing ideas used by writers.

Analysis

–          Divide into equal parts
–          Dissect the whole into parts
–          Count all the parts
–          Identify the problem
–          State the key features

Graphicsare used to elaborate on ideas. They provide dynamic ways of organizing, comprehending, interpreting and appreciating knowledge. Design principles such as balance, size, shape and relationship need to be applied in the creation of graphics.

Elaborating graphics